Mousebirds (Coliidae)

White-backed Mousebird (Colius colius) - HBW 6, p. 76

French: Coliou à dos blanc German: Weißrücken-Mausvogel Spanish: Pájaro-ratón Dorsiblanco
Other common names: White-backed Coly

Taxonomy: Loxia Colius Linnaeus, 1766, Cape of Good Hope.
Races intergrade, and are often merged. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • damarensis Reichenow, 1899 - Namibia and parts of S Botswana S to NW Cape Province and W Transvaal.
  • colius (Linnaeus, 1766) - Cape Province and W Orange Free State E to W Lesotho.